Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World

9 - 10 July 2015, Homerton College, Cambridge, UK


SECED 2015 was a two-day conference on Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics that took place on 9-10th July 2015 at Homerton College, Cambridge.

This was the first major conference to be held in the UK on this topic since SECED hosted the 2002 European Conference on Earthquake Engineering in London.

The conference brought together experts from a broad range of disciplines, including structural engineering, nuclear engineering, seismology, geology, geotechnical engineering, urban development, social sciences, business and insurance; all focused on risk, mitigation and recovery.

Conference themes

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Seismic design for nuclear facilities
  • Seismic hazard and engineering seismology
  • Masonry structures
  • Risk and catastrophe modelling
  • Vibrations, blast and civil engineering dynamics
  • Dams and hydropower
  • Seismic assessment and retrofit of engineered and non-engineered structures
  • Social impacts and community recovery

Keynote speakers

SECED 2015 featured the following keynote speakers (affiliations correct at the time of the conference):

  • Peter Ford and Tim Allmark, Office for Nuclear Regulation, UK
  • Don Anderson, CH2M HILL, Seattle, USA
  • Bernard Dost, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, The Netherlands
  • Anne Kiremidjian, Stanford University, USA
  • Rob May, Golder Associates, Australia
  • Tiziana Rossetto, University College London, UK
  • Andrew Whittaker, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Mike Willford, Arup, The Netherlands

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A performance-based design methodology has been developed for liquid storage tanks based on a surrogate, yet robust beam-element model. Following the identification of failure modes through Incremental Dynamic Analysis, appropriate performance levels are defined based on an existing seismic assessment methodology. The concept of Response Frequency Spectra (RFS) is proposed in view of offering a unique representation of the entire solution space for structural performance. RFS find an excellent application for the case of liquid storage tanks by adopting design parameters such as the tank wall thickness and the anchorage ratio. Although the wall thickness changes the strength capacity for the well-known Elephant’s Foot Buckling failure mode, the corresponding probabilities of exceedance are not significantly modified. On the contrary, anchorage seems to be very important as the associated probabilities may be reduced even by 50% in some cases.

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